Question:

Where does the word freelance come from?

15 October, 2021 Laine Latson 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: LAINE LATSON
    17 October, 2021

    freelance is derived from the word freelancer- a person without a regular job but instead gets paid for working as needed. It was originally used in journalism as a way around staff writing deadlines imposed by publishers which had staff journalists on monthly or weekly contracts, so that staff writers could fulfil unpredictably varying work schedules with variable pay. This meant their work quality and quantity varied too, risking deadline errors and missed contract obligations to publishers. With freelancers there was no obligation to provide a publisher with an agreed amount of completed articles for a monthly or weekly quota so they can write more than one article each week if they wanted or fewer than one if every article takes too long to complete.

  • AUTHOR: BRUCE KUCERA
    17 October, 2021

    It was first used in the 17th century to denote an unemployed person. Eventually, especially in military terms, it came to mean a soldier acting independently of any particular nation, state or other body. In the 20th century it became associated with skilled labor from writers and journalists to builders and carpenters who work for themselves instead of a company. Nowadays, freelance typically refers to self-employed people whose main occupation is freelancing along with those who do so as their primary source of income.

  • AUTHOR: RALPH BLOCK
    17 October, 2021

    Freelance was originally derived from the Old French word freelancer meaning "one who offers his services freely.". This word came into popular usage in the 14th century, but has undergone some changes since then with regards to its spelling. Welsh orthography is responsible for this, since it changed the K in freelancer to C. Middle English also had influence on this change through its unstable emphasis on silent letters. A classic example of this confusion can be seen when one compares writing paper with writing parchment which serve the same purpose. This is because how pronounced or emphasised a letter is can determine whether or not there is an R after it or not (i.e., 'parchment' vs 'writing paper').

  • AUTHOR: LEIGHA KUCERA
    17 October, 2021

    freelance first appeared as a verb meaning "to take on any work one can get, especially non-steady employment." The first written use of the word freelancer is in 1774. Freelancing is an industry that includes video game development, web design, most aspects of software development with many professionals who develop their skills beyond one particular sphere. Flexibility and creativity are two traits among most freelancers which make this profession ideal for people wanting to live life out on their own terms. Uniqueness, agility and authenticity are three qualities that transcend into your personal brand when you become a professional with FreelancePal. Join today!

  • AUTHOR: SEAN DREWS
    17 October, 2021

    Freelancer is the English form of the word free lance. It comes from an old French phrase la lance franc (meaning 'with nothing for one's sword') which refers to a mercenary soldier who fought without any affiliation. As these soldiers usually served with no armor or other protective gear, they were accustomed to run at enemies using only their blade, in order to avoid being blocked by their opponents' shields. The term was first adopted into English when it acted as a translation for "French Free-lance".

  • AUTHOR: DYLAN MICHAUD
    17 October, 2021

    No one knows for sure, but the first known use of the term was recorded in 1803 and is likely derived from French and German words. In English, it may be a shortening of freelancer or freelance agent. In French, it could be from the verb "franchir", which means "to cross." In German-speaking countries most people believe that there are two roots - frei which means 'free' and lohn which is a variant on 'lohnen' meaning 'reward'. A literal translation would mean something like "It pays to do without" - you get rewarded for what you do by not paying anything out.